Criminal Defense Attorneys Serving in Madison, WI

Being charged with a crime is stressful, disorienting, and even downright scary. People — sometimes even your friends and family — will look at you as though you’re guilty. People make assumptions about you, and refuse to listen to you. Without an experienced advocate to stand up for you, criminal charges dehumanize you, and grind you down. 

 With an experienced defense attorney by your side who is dedicated to protecting your future, understanding you, your goals, and your story, most criminal charges can be successfully navigated and managed.. There’s no way to 100% guarantee an acquittal.

If you’re in Madison and have been charged with a crime, please get in touch with us right away. Call our Sun Prairie office or fill out our contact form to learn how we can help.

We’ll Fight for You

At Maciolek Law Group, we’re dedicated to defending people confronting Wisconsin criminal charges, both state and federal crimes. Here are some of the main areas we cover:

Drunk Driving/OWI

In Wisconsin, operating a vehicle while intoxicated comes with strict penalties. In addition to having your driver’s license suspended or revoked, you may face incarceration.

While Wisconsin OWI first-time offenders do not necessarily face jail time, any OWI conviction may have serious consequences in the future. If convicted, you’ll still face penalties, including a fine and license revocation. You also may have to pay for and use an ignition interlock device.

Juvenile Crimes

Facing a criminal charge yourself can be confusing, but if your child is charged with juvenile delinquency, it may be even more overwhelming. Many people mistakenly believe that a juvenile record practically disappears when a person turns 18. 

Unfortunately, this is not the case. Even though juvenile records are sealed, they may still be discoverable during background checks. They can even make it harder for your child to find employment or be admitted into a college.

While it’s true that juveniles often need services to support rehabilitation and address the issues behind their acting out, we firmly believe that rehabilitation should come from family and private practitioners the family trusts rather than from state-run institutions like Dane County Juvenile Reception enter.

Domestic Violence

Domestic criminal charges are always serious. Wisconsin’s mandatory arrest law requires police to arrest a person involved in a domestic incident. 

This means that if the police are called (or happen to show up) to a domestic violence scene, someone is going to jail. The officers must determine which person was the “predominant aggressor” and arrest them.

Sexual Assault

Some accusationshave the potential to ruin your reputation, and sexual assault is one of them. Even if you are accused and the charges are dropped (or you’re acquitted), an accusation of sexual assault can follow you for the rest of your life..

If you’ve been accused of sexual assault in Wisconsin, you need a lawyer with extensive experience. Sexual offenses often come with even stricter penalties than most types of crimes. One of the most widely known consequences is being placed on the sex offender registry. People who go on the registry often must remain on it for life.

In certain cases, you may even be legally required to wear a tracking device. This enables law enforcement to follow your every move.

Drug Crimes

When it comes to drug crimes, there’s a huge difference between minor and major charges. As you might guess, getting caught with a small amount of marijuana for personal use is worlds away from getting caught trafficking kilos of cocaine down I-94. 

Our experienced attorneys defend clients facing both state and federal drug crimes. Defending against a sophisticated drug investigation takes dedication and attention to the details of the investigation, as well as an eye for any mitigating circumstances that can make all the difference in the outcome in court..


Fraud may not be a violent crime, but it can  often spurs the alleged victims to vocally and actively advocate for severe penalties. Penalties can also vary greatly depending on the type of fraud committed. 

If you’re charged with defrauding a federal government agency (like the IRS), your case will be in federal court. That may sound scary, but it’s no reason to give up hope. We have confidently and successfully defended many clients in federal courtrooms.

Firearm-Related Offenses

Many Wisconsin residents keep firearms for self-defense purposes, or for hunting and sport.. There are many types of gun charges in Wisconsin, but these are some of the most common:

  • Carrying a concealed gun without a permit
  • Possessing a firearm while intoxicated
  • Possessing a firearm as a felon
  • Discharging a firearm 
  • Possessing a short-barrel shotgun or other illegal firearm
  • Owning a suppressor/silencer

Our firm is committed to defending your Second Amendment rights. If you’re facing gun or other weapons-related charges, please get in touch as soon as you can.

What’s the Difference Between State and Federal Charges?

Most crimes are state-level offenses, defined by state law, and prosecuted in state courts. 

However, in some cases, a crime may fall under federal jurisdiction. Federal crimes will almost always involve some sort of threat to a nation or the federal government. These are some relatively common examples of federal crimes:

  • Drug crimes
  • Firearms crimes
  • Fraud cases involving a federal government agency (like Medicare fraud)
  • Crimes that take place on federal land
  • Crimes where the perpetrator crosses state lines
  • Immigration/customs violations
  • International human trafficking
  • Importing child sexual abuse material

Notably, not all defense attorneys are willing or able to help you if you’re facing federal charges. Many defense attorneys with substantial experience in state courts do not handle federal criminal cases. At Maciolek Law Group, we’re proud to have substantial federal criminal defense experience, so we can represent you if you’ve been charged with state-level crimes, federal crimes, or both.

A Strong Defense Starts Now

Unfortunately, there’s no way to go back in time and undo the past. However, you can take the next crucial step and secure the services of an experienced defense attorney. We will take the time to get to know you and your case and then craft a personal defense strategy. 

Our accomplished attorneys never lose sight of why Maciolek Law Group was founded: to ensure those charged with crimes receive quality legal representation. If you need legal representation in Madison, please get in touch as soon as possible. 

The earlier you can do so, the more time we’ll have to build a strong defense. Our Sun Prairie office is about 15 miles from Madison, and you can call us or tell us a bit about your situation using our online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you.

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